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Kensington Fire Station 25

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Kensington Fire Station 25

Kensington Fire Station 25 is an existing facility serving a densely populated area of Montgomery County, Maryland. Growth in the Aspen Hill area increased demands on the station, which was constructed in 1988. The facility lacked space for the number of personnel assigned to the station; bay space was also needed to accommodate additional apparatus assigned to the station to address the call volume. This project provided for an additional 13,190 SF of office and administrative space, dormitory space, living and dining areas, two new apparatus bays and associated storage areas, bringing the total area of the station to 26,137 SF. Reconfiguration and renovation of the existing interior spaces and replacement of the heating/ventilation systems are also included in the project.

Lack of available land in the first due area necessitated an approach that allowed the station to remain operational throughout construction. The first phase involved construction of two new apparatus bays, which were outfitted as temporary office, kitchen, dining, and fitness space. Trailers were placed on site for dormitory facilities. Phase two included demolition of the existing residential spaces and construction of new, including a large training room and battalion chief suites. Personnel moved into the new spaces at the completion of this phase. Phase three involved removing the temporary quarters and returning the new bays to service, removing the trailers, and a full renovation of the existing bays.

The sustainable goal for the station was Silver, however the design team has been able to achieve a Gold LEED rating by incorporating much of the existing structural system into the design of the station. The facility is designed to use 25% less energy than a comparable baseline facility. Water use has been reduced by over 45%. Materials used are low VOC, have a high recycled content and are sourced regionally.

Category
Public Safety
Location
Silver Spring, MD
Size
12,947 SF Renovation / 13,190 SF Addition